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Chicago Hustle and Flow: Gangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class

Geoff Harkness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816692286
eISBN:
9781452949598
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

On September 4, 2012, Joseph Coleman, an eighteen-year-old aspiring gangsta rapper, was gunned down in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Police immediately began investigating the connections ... More


Doing Time and Doing It in Style

Milner S Ball

in Law and Popular Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199272235
eISBN:
9780191699603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0018
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines three forms of music by, for, or about the imprisoned. These include Gangsta Rap, Prison Songs, and Outlaw Country. This chapter's main concern is the image of the prison in ... More


Gangsta Rap’s Heroic Substrata: A Survey of the Evidence

John Paul Hampstead

in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031564
eISBN:
9781617031571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Gangsta rap is a subgenre known for its subversive lyrics. Since emerging from hip-hop in southern California in the late 1980s with the work of Ice-T and N.W.A, it has found a foothold in New York ... More


Fernando Meirelles as Transnational Auteur

Dolores Tierney

in New Transnationalisms in Contemporary Latin American Cinemas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748645732
eISBN:
9781474445238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645732.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Fernando Meirelles’ Brazilian film Cidade de Deus alongside his deterritorialized English language films The Constant Gardener and Blindness. The chapter begins by re-examining ... More


Real Niggas: Black Men, Hard Men, and the Rise of Gangsta Culture

Miles White

in From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036620
eISBN:
9780252093678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036620.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter discusses the performance of blackness and masculinity in hip-hop performance, the trope of the bad nigger and the notion of the hard man, and how African American performers have ... More


Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Jonathan Munby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

What accounts for the persistence of the figure of the black criminal in popular culture created by African Americans? Unearthing the history of art that has often seemed at odds with the politics of ... More


Introduction: “Cruel Stack O'Lee”: Trickster Badness and the Fight against Subordination in African American Vernacular Culture

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the black popular cultural producers' perpetuation of a criminal vision of themselves and their community. The book examines the ... More


Keeping It Reel: From Goines to Gangsta

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the way gangsta culture became symbolically central to American popular culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It suggests that hip hop cinema's gangster/gangsta ... More


Epilogue: Global Gangsta—Life in Death

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about the gangsta culture and criminal self-representation of African Americans in popular culture. It contends that the gangsta image as the ... More


Chicago’s Gangsta-Rap Microscene: Welcome to the Terrordome

Geoff Harkness

in Chicago Hustle and Flow: Gangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816692286
eISBN:
9781452949598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This introductory chapter considers how social class shapes meaning, interpretation, and opportunity for young men involved in rap and street gangs. It gives account of Joseph Coleman (Lil JoJo), an ... More


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